February 4, 2009

What Would You Do To Get Out Of A Debt?

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Movies, Romance at 1:45 am by inflickted

zack_and_miri_make_a_porno_ver2_xlgIt would be a desperate man’s last option (fantasy maybe?), if he was backed to a corner financially speaking, and has nothing to lose… Make a Porn Film. Here is a movie which explores just that idea, where in two lifelong friends explore their last “logical” chance to end their financial woes by making an amateur porn flick which they hope would make it big.

This movie has to be one of the least serious movies I’ve seen this year (along with pineapple express), and it was nicely written and of course funny. But I think there’s something in this RomCom other than the story that made this movie work, something that is often not as recognized as the actors, the script or the director. Read on to find out. This is my review of “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.”

I’ve long since decided that my interest in romantic comedies lies in how screenwriters and filmmakers can mold the basic formula of a Romantic Comedy, and Kevin Smith has done just that. Having directed other offbeat movies like “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy”, Smith sticks to what he does best, make lots of dirty jokes while injecting a bit of sweetness here and there. And when I say dirty, I mean make-you-wince-awkwardly-while-watching type of raunchiness.  But thankfully, all the charm and hilarity in the movie completely dilutes the “porn” aspect of the flick.

The director’s lucky to work with a cast that perfectly matches his style. We have someone who has a whole lot of experience in raunchiness in the name of Seth Rogen, who plays Zack in the movie. For the role of Miri, Elizabeth Banks effortlessly catches up with Rogen’s antics but still maintains the “hot chick” persona and the heart of the movie. The supporting cast also had their funny moments which s essential to make the film likeable. Also, Justin Long’s cameo was absolutely hysterical!

But beyond the actors, the director, and the story, what made the film for me was the post production. The video editing, the sound editing, the soundtrack, it all brought the movie to a whole new level for me. It’s something slightly better than the average romantic comedy.

But, like all movies in this genre, it falls into the same clichéd framework. Leading man and leading lady with the possibility of romance, will they or wont they, sex scene?, conflict arises, all seems lost, then, a gush of love everywhere.

Despite this, it does not take away from how well the story was packaged and delivered. It just works. “Zack and Miri Makes a Porno” is a traditional romantic comedy designed with emotional, offensive and pee-inducing-laugh-out-loud scenes.

It gets a pornographic 3.2 out of 5 or 64% infectious

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  1. Ella said,

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